This Photo of a Sunset Was Captured By a Robot. On Mars.

May 7, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

This Photo of a Sunset Was Captured By a Robot. On Mars.

May 7, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

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The Mars Curiosity Rover snapped this photo of a Martian sunset several weeks ago, on SOL 956 to be exact, and beamed it back to Earth.

Never mind the Rover’s impressive photographic skills, I still find it mind blowing that such a high-res image travelled 225,300,000 km and made it with all the pixels in the right order.

The photo was taken using the left Mastcam, one of several camera systems found on Curiosity.

The Mastcam system consists of two cameras, both capable of capturing color images and video. This footage is sometimes used to create panoramas of Mars, but according to NASA the cameras also capture monochromatic images such as this one:

“The Mastcam is designed to take single-exposure, color snapshots similar to those taken with a consumer digital camera on Earth. In addition, it has multiple filters for taking sets of monochromatic (single-color) images. These images are used to analyze patterns of light absorption in different portions of the electromagnetic spectrum”.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

The camera’s 8 GB internal buffer can hold approximately 5,500 RAW photos or several hours’ worth of HD video, taken at 10 frames per second, before transmitting them back home.

For more tech specs on the Mastcam, head over to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s website.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

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3 responses to “This Photo of a Sunset Was Captured By a Robot. On Mars.”

  1. Archerphoto Avatar
    Archerphoto

    Lovely pic, no doubt. What is the line in the right? Is the sensor damaged?

    1. kassim Avatar
      kassim

      Probably CCD light stripes. Caused by a tiny but very bright star.

  2. Arthur_P_Dent Avatar
    Arthur_P_Dent

    And how does this relate to DIY Photography?